• Caroline

2 Layouts with new First Edition 'Free Spirit'

Updated: Oct 30


In my first Trimcraft 'Maker' package, I was gifted the gorgeous 12x12 First Edition Free Spirit paper pad. If you know me, you'll know I am a huge fan of anything First Edition - the papers are always beautifully designed and of a very high quality, just perfect for scrapbooking. So, of course I was super excited to find out that I would be receiving this new paper pad to play around with.



The pad is packed with 48 sheets of 16 delicious designs to get your teeth in to, featuring ethereal purples, pinks and teals, as well as gold glitter, pearlescent and spot UV designs. My immediate favourites were the feathers and the crystals, an absolute dream for fussy-cutting!



Layout 1 - Glitter Fabulous


The first thing you see when you open the pad is this lovely textured gold glitter in a damask pattern.


I decided that my first layout would be about letting the papers do the talking, and I was inspired by this paper to make glitter the focal point. I have been meaning to scrap a couple of photos I have from a hen party in Majorca for a while now, where we had a night out covered in glitter; this paper would make the perfect background.



Next, I cut a wide panel from this lilac feather- patterned paper. I thought the pastel colours would go nicely against the bolder background. I raised the panel up on a piece of cardboard to add extra dimension. I also added a border strip to either side of the panel; to bring in some additional shimmer I used gold gilding flakes along the strips.


I matted my photos with one of the darker papers in the pad, a deep blue colour; I went round the edges of these with black ink to ensure they stood out from the layout. As this page was all about the papers, I kept embellishments to a minimum; firstly I fussy cut some of the amazing crystals from the pad and arranged these across the bottom of the panel, then I added clusters of sequins and some glittery thickers for my title.


Layout 2 - Relax, Be Happy



For this layout I was inspired by the paisley patterns that are throughout the pad. I wanted to create my own paisley pattern using the papers against a white background to allow the colours to really pop. I created a template in 3 different sizes and used this to create the shapes, choosing a mix of light and dark papers with different patterns and colours.


Next, I arranged (and rearranged, and rearranged again!) these on some white cardstock until I was happy with the design. I stuck them down and then chopped off the excess around the edges.


I liked how it was looking at this point, but it wasn't recognisable enough as the typical paisley design, and there was lots of white space, so I decided to doodle round the shapes. I initially thought about stitching the edges instead, but I was worried there wasn't really enough space to poke the stitch holes without damaging the paper.


I used a mix of different doodle designs, including dots, lines and triangles, as well as adding small flowers to some of the gaps. I also cut out some of the circular pieces from the cut-apart sheet in the pad - crystals, buddahs and lotus flowers added a nice extra touch to the layout. I used some purple nuvo drops to add further texture to the inside of some of the shapes.


Lastly, I added my photo - a polaroid of yours truly! I don't often like scrapping pictures of just me, but there's a lot of self-love sentiment in this paper pad so I thought it would be a nice reminder to just relax and take the time to care for myself - we all need a little reminder at times! I placed the photo on top of some ripped tissue paper to separate it from the background a little, drew a messy border round the edge, and added a couple of sentiments from the cut-apart sheet.


Really happy with these first two layouts and I can't wait to get stuck in to making more creations with this paper pad! It's available now in 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6 sizes from:


Craft Stash: https://www.craftstash.co.uk/first-edition-12in-x-12in-paper-pad-free-spirit-200gsm-fsc-48-sheets.html


Amazon (as part of a bundle): https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Free-Spirit-Bundle-Scrapbook/dp/B08488DQ4V/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=free+spirit+paper+pad+first+edition&qid=1580736975&sr=8-1


And will be in The Range stores soon.


Thanks for reading x

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